Course Name: Deploying App and Desktop Solutions with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.5

Course Code: CXD-300Days: 5 Days

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Designed for students with little or no previous XenApp or XenDesktop experience. Obtain foundational knowledge of XenApp and XenDesktop required to be successful with the platform. Learn to install, configure, and manage a highly available environment comprised of XenApp and XenDesktop controllers, StoreFront, Citrix Receiver, Director, and Profile management. Refer to the topic outline for a detailed view of topics covered in the course.

Recommended pre-requisite courses:

Note: This course is based on XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x CR (Current Release) including the hands- on labs. The current release of XenApp and XenDesktop is updated frequently with new features and improvements and as such, course content may not always reflect the latest features.

Key Skills

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the architecture and communications of XenApp and XenDesktop components
  • Understand the prerequisites for a successful XenApp and XenDesktop deployment
  • Install and configure a highly available XenApp and XenDesktop site
  • Deploy and deliver apps and desktops to end users using Machine Creation Services (MCS) on

Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016

  • Understand the differences and benefits of Provisioning Services as an image management solution
  • Install and configure a highly available Citrix StoreFront site
  • Install and configure Citrix Receiver for end user access
  • Set up Citrix Profile management for end user data
  • Understand and configure printing within a XenApp and XenDesktop environment
  • Understand and configure Citrix policies for managing end-user session experience
  • Understand how to configure basic security features of XenApp and XenDesktop
  • Use Citrix Director to monitor and troubleshoot end user sessions and view environment trends


Students interested in learning to install, configure, and manage XenApp and XenDesktop including:

  • Administrators
  • Implementers / Engineers
  • Architects

Instructional Method

This course is offered in instructor-led training (ILT)/virtual instructor-led training (vILT) formats with application of concepts through hands-on exercises in a live lab environment.

Course Length

5 days

Course Materials

As part of this course students will receive the following materials:

  • Student Manual
  • Access to a lab environment for the duration of the course
  • Lab exercise guide

Preparatory Recommendations

Citrix recommends students prepare for this course by taking the one of the following courses:

It is also recommended to gain a basic understanding of the following concepts and technologies:

  • Familiarity with how to navigate and use Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10

Certification Preparation

This course helps prepare students for the Citrix Certified Associate in Virtualization (CCA-V) exam. By passing the exam, candidates will gain the Citrix Certified Associate – Virtualization certification. Go here to learn more about Citrix Certifications.

Topic Outline

Module 1: Architecture Overview

FlexCast models (use cases)
Connection flow process
Layered approach methodology
Hosting platform considerations

Module 2: Initial Requirements and Lab

Citrix consulting methodology
Supporting infrastructure requirements
Supporting infrastructure licensing considerations
Preparing for Windows 10 and Server 2016 with AppDNA
Lab environment

Module 3: Installing and Configuring a XenApp and XenDesktop Site

Licensing considerations
Installation and management
Basic license server troubleshooting
Delivery Controller role
•   The XenApp and XenDesktop Site

Databases and the Local Host Cache (LHC)

Module 4: Provision and Deliver Application and Desktop Resources

The Virtual Delivery Agent
Machine Catalogs and Delivery Groups
Provisioning methods and considerations
Provisioning methods: Machine Creation Services (MCS) in depth
MCS environment considerations
Creating resources

Module 5: Providing Access with Citrix StoreFront and Receiver

StoreFront installation and architecture
StoreFront authentication services
Self Service Password Reset
Citrix Receiver
Receiver configurations

Module 6: Understanding and Configuring Citrix Policies

Policies introduction
Policies for session management

Module 7: Application Presentation and Management

Application properties
File-type association
Workspace Control
Shortcut placement
Session Prelaunch and Session Lingering
Application groups

Module 8: Printing with XenApp and XenDesktop

Printing introduction
Print job routing
Printer driver management
Citrix Universal Print Driver and Server

Module 9: Citrix Profile Management

User profiles
Configuring Citrix Profile management

Module 10: Managing the XenApp and XenDesktop Site

Delegated administration
Logging and reporting
Introduction to Zones
Introduction to PowerShell
Reboot schedules for the Server VDA

Module 11: XenApp and XenDesktop Site Redundancy

Component failure review
Methods of redundancy

Configuring site and access infrastructure redundancy

Module 12: XenApp and XenDesktop Site Basic Network Security

Citrix administrator introduction to security considerations
Certificate authority
XML service security
External HDX connection security with NetScaler Gateway

Module 13: Monitoring the XenApp and XenDesktop Site

Introduction to Citrix Director
Navigating Director
Trends and reports
Alerts and notifications
Monitoring sessions
Interacting with sessions
Network monitoring with HDX Insight

Module 14: Introduction to Supporting and Troubleshooting XenApp and XenDesktop

  • Introduction to supporting XenApp and XenDesktop Site
  • Known issue awareness
  • XenApp and XenDesktop Hotfixes and the Long Term Service Release
  • Common Troubleshooting Tools